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Rival watch: Barcelona rocked by two more injuries ahead of El Clasico vs Real Madrid



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In less than two weeks, Barcelona and Real Madrid will tangle again in the fifth El Clasico of the 2022/23 season as the two rivals battle it out for a spot in the finals of the Copa del Rey.

The first leg of the cup semi-final, played at the Santiago Bernabeu earlier this month, ended in a 1-0 win for Barça. Following that, they beat Carlo Ancelotti’s men 2-1 in La Liga to open up a 12-point lead in the table.

So, the next Clasico is a must-win game for Real Madrid as they will look for a modicum of revenge while keeping their hopes of a cup triumph alive.

Ahead of the game, Real Madrid have received a boost as two more Barcelona players are set to miss the cup Clasico at Camp Nou on April 5.

Only recently, it was confirmed that both Ousmane Dembele and Pedri were ruled out of the contest.

Now, it has been confirmed that Andreas Christensen is also set to be unavailable for the match while Frenkie de Jong is also a major doubt, reports AS.

Christensen picked up a calf injury while on international duty with Denmark last night. The 26-year-old defender is expected to be out of action for three to four weeks, effectively ruling him out of the contest against Real Madrid.

As for De Jong, Barcelona officially confirmed earlier today that the Dutchman has sustained a thigh injury. Reports suggest that the 25-year-old could be out for close to two weeks, making his availability for El Clasico a big question mark.

Christensen is a key cog in the defensive setup for Xavi’s Barcelona and his absence will come as a blow. With no De Jong and Pedri, the Catalans’ midfield will be weakened considerably.

It must be noted that Barça got the better of Real Madrid in both the Clasico matches earlier this month without Pedri and Dembele. And the onus will be on Ancelotti & co. to make the most of their opponents’ injury woes and come out on top at Camp Nou next month.

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Video – Barcelona fans chant ‘Vinicius d*e’ ahead of their UCL clash



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In what is starting to become an alarmingly common occurrence, a set of Barcelona fans were spotted hurling abusive chants towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr.

Barça will be facing PSG in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal today in less than an hour and in the lead-up to the game, a section of the Catalans’ supporters were seen chanting “Vinicius, die” on the streets.

It is not the first time this has happened, with Vinicius being constantly targeted by not only Barcelona fans but supporters of a number of other La Liga clubs.

In fact, last month, Barcelona fans were seen hurling the same chants before their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Napoli.

The same had happened outside Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Montjuic prior to the Clasico in October last year.

Moreover, this past weekend, a Mallorca fan at Son Moix directed racist abuse towards Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Aurelien Tchouameni.

It is shocking and embarrassing that these incidents continue to occur. It remains to be seen if any action is taken by the concerned authorities against those involved.

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